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SIOUX CITY -- The murder trial for a Dakota City woman charged with fatally stabbing another woman in Sioux City has been continued.

Melissa Camargo-Flores' trial on Tuesday was rescheduled to Sept. 18 in Woodbury County District Court. She had been scheduled to stand trial on July 10.

Camargo-Flores, 20, has pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder for the April 8 stabbing death of Kenia Alvarez-Flores.

In her motion for continuance, public defender Jennifer Solberg said more time was needed for investigation, taking depositions and other legal matters. The need for an interpreter for her client also creates delays, Solberg said. Camargo-Flores has waived her right to have her trial held within 90 days of being charged.

Woodbury County Attorney Patrick "PJ" Jennings did not resist the motion to continue the trial.

Camargo-Flores remains in custody in the Woodbury County Jail on a $500,000 bond. If found guilty as charged, she would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Alvarez-Flores, 24, was stabbed multiple times outside her home in the 1200 block of West 14th Street and died after being taken to a hospital.

Police have said that Camargo-Flores waited in a car outside Alvarez-Flores' home and stabbed her when she left. A witness provided police with a description of the car Camargo-Flores was driving. Police located and arrested Camargo-Flores soon after the incident and found bloody gloves and a bloody knife inside the car.

According to court documents, Camargo-Flores admitted to stabbing Alvarez-Flores and told authorities she had been involved in a relationship with the victim's boyfriend.

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